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RE: [ga] Agenda for GA meeting in Santiago, Chile

If this ga discussion list is used to ascertain some sort of consensus
representing a scintilla of the Internet community, I concur completely
with the welll-articulated comment submitted by Antony Van Couvering on
August 17.  What he said, below.


Antony Van Couvering wrote:>

>¿What do I think?  Personally I believe that for ICANN *nothing* should be
>done officially in face-to-face meetings - if it didn't happen
>electronically, I don't think it should count.
>Otherwise we end up with what indeed we have now: a bunch of rich people -
>overwhelmingly white, overwhelmingly men, overwhelmingly American and
>European - who think that because they have the means to to fly hither and
>yon, the world should pay attention to their repetitive pontifications and
>Napoleonic egos.   When after running down a list of their names one
>realizes that their money is often their *only* qualification, the benefits
>of wider participation are obvious.
>Unfortunately, public interest in ICANN is so appallingly marginal that the
>electronic-only  participants tend to be those with a particular axe to
>grind, and even they tend to be white European and American men, just
>poorer.  Thus ICANN consists almost entirely of two groups: entrenched
>business interests and their bland representatives on the one side, and a
>disparate group on the other, which pushes for "justice" and
>"representation" but cannot field a coherent philosophy, let alone any
>coherent representatives.  What is more, these latter are under constant
>threat of being co-opted by the business interests, who have what they
>need - money.   There really isn't anyone else.  Let's just the ICANN
>outreach sucks.  ICANN can't even get very many members of the Internet
>Society interested, and they should be low-hanging fruit.
>Oh, yeah, how could I forget?  There are also about five guys with beards
>who represent the "old" Internet.
>Add to this the fact that ICANN has given no place to ideas, rationality,
>logic, solutions.  These qualities are not rewarded.  Solutions in the ICANN
>world are nothing more than political accomodations.  ICANN is almost
>entirely a political animal, which is not surprising given that it was
>designed by our poll-driven administration.  As such, it will run the usual
>course of political institutions over the last 200 years - there will be
>increasing calls for enfranchisement of those affected by its policies, and
>ICANN will either accede to and embrace those calls, or it will die.
>On the Internet, the only way this will work is by using online methods, and
>by getting some new voices in the chorus to leaven out the repetitive
>cacophony we've become used to.  These face-to-face meetings are a mechanism
>for exclusion and an excuse to delay implementing online methods of voting.
>Eventually we will get there, hopefully before we have wreaked too much
>+-----Original Message-----
>+From: owner-ga@dnso.org [mailto:owner-ga@dnso.org]On Behalf Of
>+Jean-Michel Becar
>+Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 1999 12:08 PM
>+To: 'Dr. Nii N. Quaynor'; ga@dnso.org
>+Subject: RE: [ga] Agenda for GA meeting in Santiago, Chile
>+I fully support this agenda.
>+BTW I think it will be hard to finish at 7:00pm.
>+Jean-Michel Bécar
>+http://www.etsi.org <http://www.etsi.org/>
>+E.T.S.I. Project Manager
>+Tel     : +33 (0)4 92 94 43 15
>+Mobile          : +33 (0)6 82 80 19 31
>+Fax             : +33 (0)4 92 38 52 15
>+-----Original Message-----
>+From: Dr. Nii N. Quaynor [mailto:quaynor@ghana.com]
>+Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 1999 15:08
>+To: ga@dnso.org
>+Subject: [ga] Agenda for GA meeting in Santiago, Chile
>+Dear Assembly,
>+The proposed agenda for the GA meeting in Santiago, Chile is as attached.
>+Some dissenting opinion has been expressed on
>+1. whether or not we need a separate agenda item for nomination
>+2. whether or not we need an item for dnso administration
>+Please, let us have your comments since we are quite late in finalizing the
>+DNSO General Assembly - Revised Agenda
>+Date: 1999.8.24 14:00 - 19:00
>+Place:  FACEA, Santiago, Chile
>+14:00 DNSO management/administration
>+(Objective: Discussion of GA chair such as the term (one term, or
>+until nov. 1999, or other)
>+14:15 Update from the ICANN Board
>+(Objective: an update on the ICANN Board)
>+14:30 Update from the provisional Names Council
>+(Objective: a progress report on the proposals for the administration
>+of the DNSO)
>+15:00 Report from the Recognized, and Emerging  DNSO Constituency Meetings
>+(Objective: to provide the General Assembly with a understanding of
>+each DNSO Constituency, its membership, its priority issues, etc. To
>+provide a report on the Constituency elections to the Names Council
>+(electorate, voting procedures, etc.))
>+16:00 Review of Working Groups
>+Working Groups established by the Interim Names Council
>+Working Groups proposed at public informal meeting held after Berlin
>+DNSO General Assembly
>+(Objective: to scope the current work of the DNSO and to establish
>+who is already involved and working on the issues identified. To
>+identify current working group leaders and members.)
>+17:00 ICANN Board Member Nomination Issue
>+WG-D Report
>+17:30 Strengthening Relationship between Names Concil and General Assembly
>+(Objective: Identify opportunities to increase communication,
>+effectiveness of the General Assembly)
>+18:00 Open Discussion
>+19:00 Close

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